2014 FIBA Women's World Basketball Championship Live Scores

Croatia

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NO
NAME
POS
HGT
DOB
CLUB TEAM SCHOOL HOMETOWN
WGT
10
Iva Ciglar
PG
5-6
12/12/85
Perpignan (FRA) Florida Int'l (USA) Slanvonski Brod
139
14
Luca Ivankovic
C
6-9
09/26/87
Jolly JBS Euroline, A1   Split (CRO)
 
15
Jelena Ivezic
PF
6-1
03/17/84
Ceyhan Belediyesi (TUR)   Slavonski Brod
161
5
Andja Jelavic
PG
5-8
09/21/80
Kayseri (TUR)   Tomislavgrad (BIH)
130
7
Lisa Ann Karcic
PF
6-1
11/11/86
 Cajarural (ESP) Villanova (USA) New York, NY (USA)
 
11
Ana Lelas
SF
6-0
04/02/83
Lattes Montpellier, LFB (FRA)   Split
 
4
Sandra Mandir*
 SG
5-10
08/04/77
Gospic Co, A1   Zagreb
134
13
Mirna Mazic
PF
6-2
12/24/85
Novi Zagreb   Zagreb
187
6
Antonija Misura
G
5-10
05/19/88
Jolly JBS Euroline, A1   Sibenik
179
8
Emanuela Salopek
SG
5-10
04/18/87
Novi Zagreb   Nis (SRB)
 
12
Iva Sliskovic
C
6-3
09/04/84
Rivas Ecopolis (ESP) South Carolina (USA) Zagreb
168
9
Marija Vsraljko
C
6-6
08/08/89
Perfumerias Avenida (ESP)  

Zadar

 
2012 Croatian Olympic Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Stipe Bralic, Gospic Croatia
Note: * indicates team captain. The roster was cut to the 12 players above prior to the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, Jun. 25-Jul. 1, 2012. Roster may be altered until July 27, 2012. All teams, schools and hometowns are in Croatia unless otherwise indicated.

Flag artwork courtesy of www.icondrawer.com

 

FIBA World Ranking No. 31
How qualified 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 
Key veteran Shooting guard Sandra Mandir
Rising star Center Marija Vrsaljo
Olympic medals None (first appearance in 2012)
World Championship medals None (never qualified)
Preliminary round group Group A

Croatia emerged as a force in European women's basketball at 2011 Eurobasket, where they upset Spain, a perennial European powerhouse, 75-71, to make it to the quarterfinals -- despite injuries to three of its best players. Dropping into the classification bracket after falling to the Czech Republic, 79-63, in the quarters, Croatia finished fifth, which was enough to secure the right to compete for an Olympic berth at the 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament for women.

There, the Croatians proved that their Eurobasket success was no fluke, powering through the tournament undefeated to punch a ticket to the London Olympics with a hard-fought 59-56 victory over Canada.

The team is led by 34-year-old do-it-all point guard Sandra Mandir, who averaged 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and finished fifth on the Eurobasket leader board in scoring with 14.3 points per game on 49.2 percent field-goal shooting. Despite Croatia's elimination in the quarterfinals, Mandir's performance earned her a place on the Eurobasket All-Tournament team.

The Croatians boast good height, excellent ball movement and a solid inside-outside game, with the post anchored by rising star Marija Vrsaljko, a 6-6 center who will turn 23 during the Olympics. Vrsaljko averaged a team-high 14.7 points per game at the Qualifying Tournament, exploding for 26 points, plus seven boards and two blocks, against Korea. If Vrsaljko has a downside, it's her lack of range, but let her get the ball down low, where she shoots 65.4 percent from short range, and she will make opponents pay. And they don't want to put her at the line either, where she knocks them down to the tune of 83.3 percent from the line. Power forward Jelena Ivezic (6-1) and Ana Lelas, a 6-0 wing, are also double-digit scoring threats. The team's greatest weakness is a sharp fall-off in talent off the bench, rendering the Croatians vulnerable to foul troubles and injuries.

With all of their starters now back in good form, however, Croatia is poised for an impressive performance in its Olympic debut -- if the Eastern Europeans can avoid the injury bug as they make their way through the preliminaries.